This is the official announcement of our next big project – an original graphic novel, currently titled Zero Subs. Here is a little about why and how I came to writing it and what will it be about.
Why a graphic novel?
After making 3 animated shorts, and while debating what’s next for me and for Bloop, I started thinking about longer terms investments. You see, the biggest issue with shorts, as I see it, is that they don’t have much longevity. They are great projects for showing your storytelling abilities and practicing filmmaking in a more contained environment, but they don’t have much in the terms of IP (Intellectual Property).
In other words – people don’t buy action figures of characters from short films.
That might sounds cynical to you, but it’s more than action figures. It’s about creating a world people will care about and want to see more of. Not many people remember or think about characters from shorts much longer after watching them. Also, the potential to expand on shorts is quite limited.
I wanted my next project to be something that I can expand on, similar to the cinematic universe concept used by Marvel, DC or Star Wars. I wanted to create a world, with characters and places that I can keep creating more content for, in hope to get people invested in that world for years after.
What is it about?
The graphic novel is currently titled Zero Subs, and it will be a futuristic young adult story about a famous streamer who has fallen from the top, and now must figure out what happened and how to rebuild his life. He will go back to school and find people to help him along the way.
This is the gist of it, I don’t wanna give too much away, but I’m very excited about the direction the story is headed. I think it’s going to resonate with a lot of young people today.
Will I be drawing the book?
No. Unfortunately my drawing skills aren’t enough to produce a high-quality graphic novel, so I will be using the talents or Tasteful art director Milos. I will also be hiring a visual development artist to create the world and characters, as well as a team of editors and book layout people for the technical side of self-publishing.
As you can see, this isn’t a small side-project. This is going to be the biggest thing we’ve done so far.
What are the plans for the book?
The book will come out in both digital and hard copy versions, and the long term plan is to eventually adapt it into an animated series / feature film.
We are also going to release an INSANELY in-depth course about making a graphic novel, which will probably be the best online course you can find on the topic. That topic is pretty lacking in information available online (and trust me, I looked).
That’s all I have to say about this at the moment, I hope it’s enough to get you excited. I will write more about it as soon as there’s more to share.
I will try to document some of the process of this project, fitting to the Bloop ways.